Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015

Open-File Report 2016-1196
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The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is a cooperative activity to collect light detection and ranging (lidar) data for the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and U.S. territories; and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (IfSAR) elevation data for Alaska during an 8-year period. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and partner organizations acquire high-quality three-dimensional elevation data for the United States and its territories that support requirements beyond what could be realized if agencies independently pursued lidar and IfSAR data collection activities. Data collection rates have been increasing as a growing number of State and Federal agencies participate in cooperative data acquisition projects. USGS and partner agencies expanded data collection, completed the initial product delivery systems and implemented changes to the program governance to include a restructuring of the 3DEP working group and formalizing the relationship to the Federal Geographic Data Committee during the final year (2015) of program preparation.

Suggested Citation

Sugarbaker, L.J., Eldridge, D.F., Jason, A.L., Lukas, Vicki, Saghy, D.L., Stoker, J.M., and Thunen, D.R., 2017, Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1196, 13 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory Results for Fiscal Year 2015 
  • 3D Elevation Program Data Collection Contracted in Fiscal Year 2015
  • 3D Elevation Program Product Development 
  • 3D Elevation Program Funding
  • Community Engagement 
  • Governance
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Summary
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1196
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161196
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description v, 13 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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